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Heat adding Zydrunas Ilgauskas to roster. Collection of old, slow but skilled bigs continues.

Jul 13, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

Ilgauskas.jpgKind of hard to picture Big Z in any uniform but Cleveland’s. But the tough week for that city continues.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is going to sign a deal to join the Miami Heat, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Terms of the deal are not yet public.

Along with Juwan Howard, Ilgauskas becomes the second older big man the Heat have locked up in 24 hours. Both are pretty slow at this point, but both also have some shooting skills and a few veteran tricks up their sleeves. Be warned, though Big Z saw considerable fall of in his game last year, with his shooting percentage falling 30 points and his rebounding and other numbers dropping as well. Still, he can give the heat some decent minutes and be a big body in the paint they need to defend the rim.

With the Superfriends in place, these kind of signings are what is left for the Heat, and if these guys can stay healthy it is a big boost.

Length of the deal is the big question, Big Z will turn 36 next season. That didn’t stop the Lakers from giving Derek Fisher a three-year deal, but that doesn’t mean the Heat should replicate that effort.

  1. hnirobert - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Big Z and the Big 3? Sorry.
    Is he really turning 36 or 46?

  2. swedishmeatballs - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Big Z and the treacherous 3.

  3. derek spiller - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    i think big z was a good addition but howard was a poor move by the heat. howard is trash

  4. moolah954 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    good pick up were piecing together some good players for now and the future. big z is going to help and teach our 2 rookie centers how to play some solid basketball.

  5. Dave - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    I guess Big Z’s giant, building-sized mural in Cleveland will have to be removed now, too.

  6. in FLORIDA - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    I think both Howard and Z are good signings. Not because of any numbers they’ll be able to produce, but because of what they’ll be able to teach the 2 new bigs about how to play NBA-style ball. That’s why Z only got a 2-year deal. Play one, “assistant coach” another, or “play” both. Either way, it’s obvious he was brought in to be a mentor. Same for Howard. Might not be able any more, but the knowledge never leaves. Dexter Pittman might prove to be a future beast in the league.

  7. moolah954 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    And i love how we took the two biggest players in cavs history. more insult to injury.. i wonder if dan gilbert is going to make a another 100,000 statement

  8. lakers fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    big Z as in ZERO and the 3 stooges…. lol

  9. Mike - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Wow, they’re desperate to counter the Lakers. Why not call up Bill’s Russell and Walton? They can put a couple fouls on Bynum and Gasol too. I hear Charles Barkley is looking for extra work too.

  10. Jody - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Big Z and Mike Miller are great additions for the Heat. The starting 5 is awesome. Now they just need to stay healthy and pickup a little more depth.

  11. hnirobert - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Of course they are. Everyone is saying that the Heat having nothing on the Lakers because of their size. Why wouldn’t they address it by going after big bodies? Makes sense unless you’re an idiot.

  12. Tony - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    U idiot u meAn the lakers are desperate to counter every heat move that now Kobe is running after raja bell to beg him to come to his lakers lmao!!!! Heat baby!!!!!!!!

  13. Hoops Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Actually, Raja Bell is a pretty good bench player. If he stays healthy, he could be a solid role player for whoever signs him. I’m not sure why you are being critical of a team attempting to sign him. The Heat reportedly had interest in him, so I’m not sure where you are coming from by mocking a team for having interest in him.

  14. Cavs fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    In Z you are getting a lumbering, slow, sloth-like jump shooter who will give the Heat a mere 12 mintues per night and never see the floor in the 4th quarter. Other than Haslem, question who is going to rebound the ball and stop anyone from defending the paint? Good luck – alot of flash and no one to stop anyone in the middle. Golbert could careless about $100K. As far as the Cavs – they will be an 8th seed and maybe not even make the playoffs. Good riddance to Lebron. Nice player – but he quit in game 5 and is not mentally tough – like Wade. you can have him. He was a baby in high school, his mother will be in the papers in Miami causing commotion and his entourage – don’t want to go there. Alot of thuggery leaving Ctown and that is a good thing!!

  15. Sal - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    All logic seems to indicate that the Heat are over the cliff desperate in trying to add any type of size to their their Threego roster. Big Z will be lucky if his worn out body last the whole season, let alone the playoffs. You Moron’s from South Beach wanna be Hollywood, fail to realize that big Z at this point in his career is more stiff than a Russian Drink. Him and Howard would have been a great addition 10 years ago. Comedy! I can all ready see 3 players flying to the hoop and Big Z just couching to their basket. The Lakers are laughing at your size desperation search. They know that if you guys make it out of the East, is going to be one of the easiest 3peat championship. We all know the Chris Bosh is going to take a pounding during the whole season and won’t cut it as a center. Even Orlando is chomping at the bit, Big Z or Bosh against Superman, child please. The Celtics are gonna be knocking heads off trying to regain their Cahones, and you think your Heat will come out ahead? Like a said, Lakers will be representing the West, if you make it out of the East, you will take a pounding by Gasol and Bynum, so hard that it will make Riley break your team up in search for a real Center.

  16. Lion Woods - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Big Z to the Heat. Big Whoop. I am really liking the Lakers chances at the 3-peat once again. The Heat are a fine hoops squad and they are continually picking the bones of the Cavs… I am beginning to think the Heat are overplaying their hand and may in fact become a bunch of Miami Cavaliers… great regular season followed by the collapse at some point in the playoffs. LeBron is a really talented player but I think he still doesn’t have the right mojo… to win all that is gold. Maybe in a few years. Maybe.

  17. Jimee Johnson - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Those two games between the Heat and the Lakers should be fairly interesting. I think the Heat will be competitive to say the least. They have to do better than Ilgauskas at center to be champions.

  18. JD - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Typical Queen James to add salt to the wound that is the city of Cleveland. Hasn’t he taken enough by holding 4 cities hostage that culminated with “The Decision”?
    I hope you and Ilgauskas enjoy being bounced in the Conference semifinals by either the Magic or Celtics..but I’ll be even more pleased if their Round 1 opponent beats them.

  19. mikesporty - Jul 14, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    what a moron you are, tony… the heat will need to get over boston and orlando before they can even consider playing against the lakers… keep your fingers crossed!

  20. jgc711 - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    big z, howard and miller? didn’t they just joined the aarp?

  21. jgc711 - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    big z, howard and miller? didn’t they just join the aarp?

  22. Lemonverbeena - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Honestly, I have always been a HUGE fan of Zydrunas (of all the Cavs players, but especially for him)… he has suffered tragedy personally, but he has always been loyal, worked hard and has been the kind of player any team could ever dream of having which is why it stings a little to see him go to a team like Miami. If he truly feels that’s where he needs to go for his best chance at winning a title, then I, along with every single Cavs fans, wish him the very best.
    Thank you so much ZI, for your loyal years, your hard work, and for sticking with us. You will truly be missed and I know I can speak for every Cavs fan when I say we wish you every personal success on your journey. Lastly, thank you for leaving with class, and not feeling the need to screw the fans who have adored you over the years. You are the best!

  23. Lemonverbeena - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Your comments aren’t very nice. Miami doesn’t deserve the class that Zydrunas Ilgauskas brings to the court. He’s loyal, hard working and the Heat doesn’t deserve him.
    That said, as a Clevelander and Cavs fan, Big Z, I wish you the best in all you do. You’re a true class act.

  24. ron - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    i heard reggie miller and a.i. want to win a title. miami needs to sign them. the more cancers and old folks they sign the better for boston and orlando.it cracks me up how all of a sudden these over the hill,not so good players are great pick ups because we all know lejerk was able to win with them in cleveland.

  25. rc3 - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    A lot of you fail to realize these moves are based on what’s available this year, with what moneys the Heat have left. I’m a Lakers fan but also a basketball fan , and no mater how far the heat go next season they will have another free agency class next year 2011 (If as reproted there is no lockout) where there will be new money and then see what the heat do as far as bringing in quality players. So to make this as painless as possible for all you haters LA, Boston, Orlando,and any other team watch out this ain’t over.

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